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Meaning of particulate

par•tic•u•late

Pronunciation: (pur-tik'yu-lit, -lāt", pu-tik'-, pär-), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or composed of distinct particles.
—n.
  1. a separate and distinct particle.
  2. a material composed of such particles.
  3. tests to analyze diesel particulates.
    1. the aggregate of such particles, esp. as produced by one source:tests to analyze diesel particulates.
    2. Meteorol.solid or liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere, esp. pollutants.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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